10 BEST Motels in Wanaka 🏘️ [2023]© Archway Motels & Chalets
10 BEST Motels in Wanaka 🏘️ [2023]

15 BEST Motels in Wanaka 🏘️ [2024]

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Where to Find Motel Accommodation in Wanaka

Visiting Wanaka on a budget or perhaps looking for accommodation with self-catering facilities and ultimate privacy? We’ve compiled some of our top picks of motels in Wanaka for some effortless trip planning. Whether you’re on a family ski holiday, a romantic weekend away or a solo travelling around New Zealand, we’ve found some amazing Wanaka motels to suit. Alternatively, take a look at the 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Wanaka so you don’t miss out on any of Wanaka’s best stays.

While you’re here, you might also want to bookmark the 25 Best Things to Do in Wanaka.

1. Archway Motels & Chalets – The Best Motel in Wanaka

Offering studios and chalets with your own private kitchenette and bathroom, the Archway Motels & Chalets have everything you need for a comfortable and affordable stay with your own space. The accommodation is well within walking distance of the town centre, also including free on-site parking. Relax in the spacious gardens with a barbecue area, picnic tables, unique children’s play equipment and a cedar hot tub.

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2. West Meadows of Wanaka – Upscale Motel in Wanaka

Your high-end motel option in Wanaka certainly rivals some of the hotels in town with modern furnishings and fixings ideal for the holiday or business traveller. Even the lowest tier of rooms at West Meadows of Wanaka are kitted out with full kitchen facilities (including a dishwasher) and a super-sized TV with streaming services. Most rooms accommodate up to two guests, while the two-bedroom apartment is an option for groups of four. The motel is a little out of town, however, so having your own transport will be handy. For alternative upscale stays, also check out the 12 Best Luxury Accommodations in Wanaka.

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3. The Moorings Motel and Apartments – Unique Motel Rooms in Wanaka

Another upscale motel in Wanaka, this time just moments away from the town centre and lakefront, The Moorings Motel and Apartments is an ideal choice for the discerning traveller. Each studio and apartment here has its own charms, from wood-burners enhancing the winter ambience to floor-to-ceiling windows soaking in the lake views. All rooms have cooking facilities, smart TVs with streaming services, and tiled bathrooms with underfloor heating. For more apartments to choose from, take a look at the 10 Best Holiday Apartments in Wanaka.

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4. Fairway Motel & Apartments – The Best Motel in Wanaka for Couples

Everyone is catered to at the Fairway Motel & Apartments thanks to their range of studios, family units and two-bedroom apartments. In the warmer months, you can make use of the swimming pool and barbecue area, while a ski drying room is available in winter. The “Honeymoon Spa Unit” is a real treat for couples, while the specially-designed disabled access unit is a useful addition. See more couple-centric stays like this in the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Wanaka.

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Fairway Motel & Apartments© Fairway Motel & Apartments

5. Alpine Motel – Family-Friendly Motel in Wanaka

This budget and family-friendly motel is just a short walk from Wanaka town. The motel features “Studios” for three guests up to “Two-Bedroom King Apartments” for six. Each accommodation has its own kitchen facilities, as well as free WiFi, Sky TV, on-site parking and a handy checkout time of 11 am. The Wanaka motel also has fabulous features for families, including a children’s playground and trampoline. See more motels like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Wanaka.

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Alpine Motel© Alpine Motel

6. Wanaka View Motel – Wanaka Motel with Free Bike Hire

Located by the picturesque Pembroke Park and just 200m (219 yards) from the town centre, Wanaka View Motel makes a stay in Wanaka all too easy! The motel has modern self-contained chalets, free bike hire, laundry facilities, free WiFi, smart TVs, a drying room and on-site parking. The best options for families and groups include the “Two-Bedroom Chalet” sleeping up to four guests or the “Three-Bedroom Lake View Chalet” for up to six. The “Studio Room” provides a simple, affordable yet well-appointed stay for couples or choose the “One-Bedroom Lake View Chalet” with gorgeous views.

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Wanaka View Motel© Wanaka View Motel

7. Bella Vista Motel Lake Wanaka – Motel in Wanaka Town Centre

Families, couples and friends have a wide choice of motel units at the Bella Vista Motel Lake Wanaka. Most units have separate bedrooms, a kitchen, an ensuite bathroom and mountain views. For larger groups, interconnecting rooms are available. The motel also offers a continental breakfast on request, as well as useful facilities such as free WiFi, laundry and a ski drying room. Evening meals are also available.

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Bella Vista Motel Lake Wanaka© Bella Vista Motel Lake Wanaka

8. Wanaka Heights Motel – Quiet Motel in Wanaka

Achieve new “heights” on the back hills of Wanaka town at the Wanaka Heights Motel. While motel rooms are simple, functional and, well, completely harmless, the views are the main drawcard with many studios and apartments including a balcony to make the most of it. Units are split into “Studio” and “Family” with the family units having a few more extra amenities. What’s more, you’re only a five-minute walk from town.

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10 BEST Motels in Wanaka 🏘️ [2023]© Wanaka Heights Motel

9. ASURE Brookvale Motel – Self-Contained Motel in Wanaka

A convenient central location, room layouts to suit about just about any group, and clean and functional facilities, no wonder ASURE Brookvale Motel is a popular choice of motel in Wanaka. Every unit has a fully-equipped kitchenette and a dining area, free WiFi, a living area and space outside to relax by the barbecue. Some rooms also boast a balcony, while other facilities include off-street parking and a ski drying room. For alternative self-contained stays, also check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Wanaka.

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10 BEST Motels in Wanaka 🏘️ [2023]© ASURE Brookvale Motel

10. Golfcourse Road Chalets and Lodge – Wanaka Motel with Spa Baths

Just a four-minute drive from Wanaka yet feels a world away among the acres and acres of gardens, golf course and mountain views, Golfcourse Road Chalets and Lodge offers accommodation very similar to a motel. Groups and families can enjoy a “One-” or “Two-Bedroom Chalet” with a heated marble bathroom complete with bathrobes and slippers, as well as home-away-from-home facilities like a kitchen and laundry machines. Alternatively, there are “King Rooms” available in the lodge with or without a spa bath ensuite.

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10 BEST Motels in Wanaka 🏘️ [2023]© Golfcourse Road Chalets and Lodge

11. Lakeview Motel – Motel with Views of Lake Wanaka

Perched on the hillside overlooking Lake Wanaka, Lakeview Motel is definitely worth considering. With a rustic stone construction and mountain/lake views from most rooms, you certainly get the alpine ambience. All rooms are self-contained so feel free to dine in or use the attractive undercover barbecue area. Otherwise, the town with its array of eateries is within walking distance. All studios are either double or twin, so you tend to have a more mature clientele here.

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10 BEST Motels in Wanaka 🏘️ [2023]© Lakeview Motel

12. Manuka Crescent Motel – Cheap Motel in Wanaka (+ Pet-Friendly)

Ideal for couples, friends and groups, Manuka Crescent Motel offers twin, double and triple studios at an affordable price. Rooms have a private bathroom and a patio and come with free WiFi. Most rooms have a kitchenette so you can save the cents on food (check out our recipes for inspiration on quick and easy meals to make when travelling). Manuka Crescent Motel is also a short drive (or walk) away from the town centre with free on-site parking.

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10 BEST Motels in Wanaka 🏘️ [2023]© Manuka Crescent Motel

13. Clearbrook Motel & Serviced Apartments – Luxury Motel in Wanaka

Enjoy the conveniences of home when you stay in one of the motel apartments or townhouses of the Clearbrook Motel & Serviced Apartments. The motel in the town centre offers 14 self-contained apartments with private balconies offering fantastic views of the mountains. Expect to also have a spa bath, kitchen with a dishwasher and laundry machines. Other features include Sky TV, streaming services, free WiFi and heated ski lockers.

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14 BEST Motels in Wanaka 🏘️ [2023]© Clearbrook Motels Wanaka

14. Wanaka TOP 10 Holiday Park – Holiday Park with Motel Units

Find a range of budget accommodations, including motel units, just outside of Wanaka at the Wanaka TOP 10 Holiday Park. The holiday park offers campervan and camping sites, as well as self-contained one to three-bedroom motel units and a holiday house for larger groups. The holiday park boasts a range of facilities for convenience and enjoyment including a spa and sauna room, bike hire, a courtesy car to take you into town, barbecue areas, a drying room and communal kitchen facilities. The Wanaka TOP 10 Holiday Park is 2km (1.2 miles) from town, taking about 20 minutes to walk there.

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15. Aspiring Lodge Motel – Central Motel in Wanaka

Enjoy the convenience of staying in the heart of Wanaka while having access to self-catering facilities at the Aspiring Lodge Motel. The motel boasts attractive and reasonably spacious timber-lined rooms in the form of studios for couples and units for groups and families. Most rooms have cooking facilities including a microwave, fridge and toaster, yet you’re only a short stroll away from Wanaka’s top eateries. Each room gets sunshine to either enjoy from your private balcony or courtyard. For a different style of “lodge”, how about the 10 Best Lodges in Wanaka?

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Aspiring Lodge Motel© Aspiring Lodge Motel

More About Motels in Wanaka

Now that you know the best motels in Wanaka, here’s more advice on planning the ultimate trip to Lake Wanaka:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Travel Guide to Wanaka.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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